No charges in case of neglected horses

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In an ongoing investigation into the living situation of 34 horses in Nicholson, the property owner has reached an agreement with the county.
Pearl River County Animal Control Officer Danny Joe Slade said he reached an agreement with the owner, Edson Davis, and his attorney, Jim Gray, on Tuesday to allow Davis to keep seven horses on his property in Nicholson.
He said the other 27 will be put up for adoption by the county.
No charges will be pressed, Slade said.
Inspections of Davis’ property, located on Elbert Mitchell Road, will be conducted “from time to time” to ensure the seven remaining horses are kept in good health, Slade said.
Pending a veterinarian’s approval, Davis will select seven of the 34 horses he wishes to keep, Slade said.
Eighteen of Davis’ horses were rescued by the animal control department last week after they were found in an emaciated state, previous coverage states.
Dr. Jacqueline Broom from Coast Veterinary Hospital inspected the horses last week. Slade said he is waiting on those test results.
Complaints initially arose about the property after a horse carcass was left unburied near the property line for several days, previous coverage states.
The carcass has since been moved to a secluded barn on the property. Davis has operated his farm in Nicholson for 42 years, according to previous coverage.
Animal Advocates of Pearl River County is collecting donations for the horses at the Pearl River County Fairgrounds where they are being held. Monetary donations can also be made at

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